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May 17, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 8–14

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 8 to May 14, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

May 17, 2021

Transition 2021
Biden’s Foreign Policy Needs a Course Correction

By defining today’s geopolitics as a clash between democracy and autocracy, the Biden administration risks both empowering America’s adversaries and undercutting its allies.

Joe Biden addresses the nation

May 13, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

May 13, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Southern Governors Meet Over Deteriorating Security

In another sign of elite alarm over the deterioration of security in Nigeria, representatives from fifteen of the seventeen southern states—hailing from the South West, South South, and South East geopolitical zones—met virtually on May 4 and again on May 11 for an in-person meeting in Asaba, Delta State to "harmonise their positions."

A picture of Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo State in Nigeria and chairman of the Southern Nigerian Governors' Forum.

May 12, 2021

Cuba
U.S.-Cuba Relations

Communist Cuba was a major foreign policy challenge for the United States during the Cold War. The bilateral relationship thawed considerably under President Obama, but the Trump administration reimp…

A man shows U.S. and Cuban flags at his house in Havana.

May 12, 2021

Nigeria
Germany to Return Some African Art to Nigeria

The German minister of culture has announced plans to return hundreds of art objects to Nigeria. Their provenance is the Benin Royal Palace—located in Benin City, which is situated in southern Nigeria—looted and destroyed by the British in 1897. Apparently, the objects will be deposited at the Edo Museum of West African Art, under construction in Benin City.

A close-up photo of a Benin Bronze resembling a leopard on display in the Bode-Museum in Berlin, Germany.

May 11, 2021

Digital Policy
How the Dictator’s Digital Dilemma Constrains Leaders’ Choices

An excerpt from Steven Feldstein's new book: The Rise of Digital Repression: How Technology Is Reshaping Power, Politics, and Resistance.

China's President Xi Jinping claps after his speech.

May 11, 2021

Mali
French Journalist Kidnapped in the Sahel

In April, Olivier Dubois, an experienced French journalist, was kidnapped in Gao, a Malian city on the Niger River. Though his disappearance was soon known by the Malian and French authorities, and by the non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders, nobody went public with the crime, ostensibly to facilitate the victim's quick release.

A man watches a video on a tablet showing a French journalist in captivity making a plea for his release.

May 10, 2021

Coronavirus
By How Much Are Countries Underreporting COVID-19 Cases and Deaths?

As COVID-19 continues to ravage countries including Brazil and India, scientists warn that cases and deaths are being undercounted. Without accurate tallies, government responses won’t be enough to d…

May 10, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 1–7

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 1 to May 7, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.